Care For Hands

Tips for Hand Care

Tips and advice for taking care of your hands.
From washing your hands to products to dealing with cuts.

Do-It-Yourself Hand Care

You use your hands for almost everything in a day. From gardening to painting to cleaning to cooking to typing. So proper hand care is very important. At home, you can do a lot without ever needing a nail stylist. On this page, you’ll learn all about nail filing, treating cuts, and other essential information.

Taking good care of your hands starts with these tips and advice.

Basics

  • No more nail biting
  • Washing your hands
  • Caring for cuticles
  • Nail filing vs. clipping
  • Cuts and inflammation
  • Protection

Products

  • Nail oil
  • Hand lotion
  • Scrub

Polished Nails

  • Nail polish
  • Gel varnish/lacquer

Basic Tips

No More Nail Biting

The best and most important tip for hand care sounds easier than it is. Stop… biting… your… nails! This condition is both psychological and physical. Nail biting is often an expression of stress, boredom, and habit. The psychological part can be difficult to deal with. It takes a lot of perseverance and discipline. By biting your nails, you damage both the nails themselves and the surrounding skin. This increases the chances of infections and inflammation. It can even lead to permanent damage to the nails.

Are your cuticles red and irritated? Then it’s time to take action! We offer nail biting packages that cover, as much as possible, both the psychological and the physical aspects of this habit. Unfortunately, we can’t give any guarantees, but we will certainly do everything we can to help.

Washing Your Hands

Washing your hands regularly sounds pretty logical, but this is an important step in general hand care. By washing your hands properly and regularly, germs and pathogens don’t get really get a chance and you lower your chance of infections.

Make sure you have an antibacterial soap that is nourishing. Aggressive soap can dehydrate the skin.

Also buy a good nail brush. Place it near or in your shower, so you can simply scrub your nails quickly while taking a shower.

Caring for Cuticles

Now that your hands and nails are clean, we can talk about some other care practices. You’ll need good, high quality tools and products. Invest in a good, stainless steel hoofstick to push back your cuticles. The stainless steel makes it easy to clean and disinfect.

Don’t push back the cuticles more than once a week. The easiest moment to do this is after showering or washing your hands. The skin is more flexible then. Carefully push back the cuticles, without pressure. If you push back the cuticles too often, or too rough, it can cause trauma, wounds, and infections. So be careful.

Nail Filing vs. Clipping

Subsequently, we can file the nails. It is not recommended to cut them. By cutting the nails they can break or tear. Buy a good glass or stainless steel file with a fine grain. The finer the grain, the lower your chances of cuts and cracks. Glass and stainless steel files are also easy to clean and reuse. Try to avoid disposable files. These are often too coarse and not very environmentally friendly.

Place files anywhere you want. For example, in your car, bag, purse, living room table, or bathroom. Then you’ll always have a file handy and you’ll be less tempted to tear away at some small cuts.

Cuts and Inflammation

Unfortunately, some cuts or other small wounds happen. Every small wound can get infected or inflamed. Even though it’s not encouraged to play doctor on your own, there are a few things you can do at home to combat or even solve inflammation. First, alert your family physician! However small, inflammation is inflammation.

We also advise against soda or biotex baths. Constantly keeping every wet is not helping. Bacteria love moist surroundings. Furthermore, the skin absorbs a lot of water, which interferes with your body’s attempts to heal the inflammation. The proteins that are necessary for recovery don’t get a chance to do their job. We recommend cleaning the wound under a tap, drying it off well, and to drip some chlorhexidine on it. This sounds scary, but it’s just something you can get at a pharmacy or drugstore.

Protection

So now that your hands are taken care of, let’s keep them that way. Wear gloves when you clean the house or do some gardening. A lot of moisture and bacteria can cause infections and inflammation.

Chemicals can really dry out your nails and skin. So be careful with all of this.

Good cleaning or gardening gloves or nitrile gloves are best.

Products

Nail Oil

Apply nail oil at least twice a day. A good nail oil keeps the natural nail strong and supple and keeps the skin well-nourished. It is also important to use nail oil if you have artificial or polished nails.

Make sure you get a nail oil that doesn't contain water. Unfortunately, this is quite common. If water is an ingredient, you know it's not a high quality oil.

Hand Lotion

Aside from good nail oil, good hand lotion is also important. Because our hands go through a lot, we need to keep our skin in good shape.

The skin on top of the hands is similar to the face and requires proper care. So not every hand lotion works well for your hands. A hand lotion with SPF (UV protection) is also recommended.

Scrub

Apply a good scrub once a week. The scrub removes dead skin cells and other stuff. By scrubbing regularly, you keep your skin supple and smooth.

By massaging the scrub onto the skin you also stimulate blood flow. This keeps the skin healthy and helps to ease soreness and discomfort.

For this type of care, we recommend Dadi'oil, Dadi'lotion, and Dadi'scrub.

These are natural, hypoallergenic products. Click for more information.

Polished Nails

Also check our tips for artificial nails.

Nail Polish

Nicely polished nails immediately make your hands look great. There are many different brands and types of nail polish available. For instance, there are special base coats, top coats, and colors. These types of nail polish are there for a reason. A base coat ensures proper attachment between the nail and the colored nail polish. It also ensures that pigments don’t ‘bleed’ into the natural nail.

Then there’s also the top coat. This look like a base coat, but is used at the end on top of the colored nail polish. A top coat is tougher, so your nail polish stays in place. You can remove nail polish very well by using a nail polish remover without acetone, to avoid drying out the natural nail unnecessarily.

Gel Varnish/Lacquer

There are also various gel varnishes or lacquers for sale. A gel varnish is quite different from normal nail polish. Gel varnish is much tougher and can’t be removed with a nail polish remover.

It is not advised to apply your own gel varnish at home if you don’t know what it takes. When applying and removing the gel varnish, it is possible to severely damage the natural nail underneath.

If you’re interested in gel varnish, please let this be applied by a certified nail stylist. They can apply and remove properly and responsibly.

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